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Re: Possibilty to load image from network?

Holger Schurig wrote:
> I once made a custom Mandrake 8.2 installation system for my office where I
> just had a floppy and all the rest was downloaded over the network.
> This involved basically a modified SYSLINUX.CFG on the netboot disk that had
> a entry like
>  label mundn
>   kernel vmlinuz
>   append initrd=network.rdz ramdisk_size=32000 root=/dev/ram3 \
>   vga=788 automatic=network:dhcp,method:nfs,server:,\
>   directory:/usr/samba/arc/linux/mandrake82 \
>   auto_install=mundn/auto_inst.cfg.pl
> and an Mandrake 8.2 CD image on my server exported via NFS.
> The whole idea that this way it was very easy for me to make changed, e.g.
> update RPMs or update the auto_inc.cfg.pl file to test things out.
> Now I want to make tests with the new debian installer (e.g. I want to put
> my own stuff into the various hooks, e.g. to set my own
> debconf-preferences). Currently I'd have to burn always a test CD.
> Or am I missing something and is something similar possible with one of the
> many images available?

Not with the released images. The problem is that d-i is too big for one
floppy with all the translations. It is possible to cut out a lot of
that stuff, and possibly use a custom kernel, and cram it onto one
floppy that is able to get on the net and download the rest of the
installer and do an install. I know it's been done, but I don't know if
the image has been made public.

see shy jo

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